Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Illegal Fiji PM Speaks with Forked Tongue as Uprising in Fiji Can't be Ruled Out

Radio NZ International - 04 October 2011

Australia waits for meaningful step towards democracy in Fiji

Evil Couples at the Root of Fiji's Problems

The Australian government says it is still waiting to see a genuine move towards democracy in Fiji.

Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama reiterated his plan at a recent meeting of the United Nations General Assembly for the run up to elections in 2014, saying electronic voter registration would start in January.
He also said from September next year Fiji must turn its attention to developing a new constitution.
But Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles says it’s hard to see that plans for registering voters are a meaningful step, when in the same breath the regime announces a new decree targeting union activity.
“To hang your hat on this investigation of electronic voter registration as being some meaningful step towards democracy is just not right. We need to see a genuine and meaningful step in the right direction but if that were to occur, we’re there with bells on and we’re there to work with Fiji to try and move to democracy as soon as they can.”
Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles

Amnesty head says Fiji uprising not impossible

The Secretary General of Amnesty International Salil Shetty says the popular mobilisations in the MiddleEast and North Africa show similar change is not impossible in Fiji.

He says if he’d been told a year ago that Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak would be gone he would have thought it impossible.
Sign of things to come in Fiji
Mr Shetty says Amnesty worked for a long time documenting the abuses of the Mubarak regime as it’s doing in Fiji.
Amnesty International has recorded reports of torture and other human rights violations in Fiji and Mr Shetty says the situation is worsening.
“In all these places, we are talking currently about Syria, Yemen, I don’t see how Fiji is such an exception. If this level of violation of human rights continues and if people don’t have a voice and if they have no basic freedoms, in my view it’s a matter of time.”


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